Project Taara beams Internet connectivity wirelessly at fiber-optic speeds

Bringing broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved areas is very important. Internet connectivity brings access to jobs, healthcare, education, and entertainment. People who live in developed nations like the US and other countries typically have plenty of access to broadband in cities, but those in rural areas often go unserved. Project Taara is investigating wireless means to bring fiber-like speeds … Continue reading

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How to Tell If Your HDMI Cable Is Faulty

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The hardest part of troubleshooting an audiovisual issue is finding out which component is to blame. In the case of a video problem, there could be three culprits: your source device, your display, or the cable in between. Here are some tips for identifying and fixing audiovisual anomalies.

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Congress looks to push 911 calls into the 21st century with texts, videos and photos

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A next-generation 911 would allow the nation’s 6,000 911 centers to accept texts, videos and photos.

The big picture: U.S. emergency communications have remained stubbornly analog, but Congress is about to take another run at dragging 911 into the digital age.


Why it matters: Giving people ways to reach 911 beyond voice calls could save citizens’ and first responders’ lives.

Driving the news: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), co-chair of the Senate Next Generation 9-1-1 Caucus, and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced a bill Thursday that would create a $10 billion federal grant program for upgrades to the nation’s 911 centers.

  • “In a crisis, no one should be put in danger because of outdated 9-1-1 systems, and first responders, public safety officials, and law enforcement must be able to communicate seamlessly,” said Klobuchar, who will push to include the funding in Democrats’ reconciliation spending plan.
  • Similarly, the House Energy & Commerce Committee approved its own proposal this week for a $10 billion boost for next-generation 911 as part of the $3.5 trillion spending package.

How it works: Expanding 911 to accept more kinds of digital data would add more resiliency to a system that’s still built around a copper-based telephone network.

  • According to the FCC, almost 3,000 911 centers are capable of receiving text messages. But none have full capabilities to take data from smartphones, said Harriet Rennie-Brown, executive director of the National Association of State 911 Administrators.
  • “You have this amazing device in your hand, and we can’t use all of the information it’s capable of sending us,” Rennie-Brown told Axios.

What they’re saying: “Right now Americans are enduring the most frequent and severe natural disasters in recorded history — meanwhile our country’s 9-1-1 operators are being asked to respond with outdated technology from a bygone era,” House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said in a statement. “Next generation 9-1-1 is about saving lives.”

The other side: Republicans opposed the House proposal during a marathon markup session Monday after Democrats voted against Republican amendments.

  • One amendment from Republicans would have prohibited the new funding to go to 911 centers in cities that voted on defunding their police departments.
  • “Our amendment simply says let’s not waste any of it,” Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) said. “You don’t want police support. You don’t want to fund the police, deal with it yourself.”

The intrigue: The House proposal would not allow the funding to go to states that divert funds from the 911 fees on consumer phone bills to non-911 purposes.

  • The Federal Communications Commission, in an annual report spotlighting fee diverters, said 5 states used a portion of their 911 funds to support public safety programs unrelated to 911.
  • The FCC said Pallone’s home state of New Jersey, and New York, home of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, also used a portion of their funds for either non-public safety or “unspecified” uses.
  • The FCC this year created a “strike force” to recommend ways to end 911 fee diversion, and that group is expected to vote on its report Friday.

Source: https://www.axios.com/congress-911-calls-digital-update-emergency-services-f1d575c6-bf6a-42f6-a707-29e848cab8cd.html
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Update Your PC Now to Protect Windows 10 From Internet Explorer

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No, that headline isn’t a joke. Unfortunately, there’s a significant vulnerability that’s actively being exploited in the wild through Internet Explorer and Office, and Microsoft has released a patch to fix it. You need to update your PC to protect it as soon as possible.

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How to Choose the Best NVMe SSD for Your PlayStation 5

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Want to expand your storage space on the PlayStation 5? Before you buy any old NVMe drive, you’ll need to make sure it’s compatible with Sony’s console. We’ll explain how to determine this.

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6 Totally Reasonable Phobias Sparked by Technology

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For all of the cat videos and spicy GIF’s tech actors have brought into the world, there’s no denying that being very online hasn’t been the best thing for anyone’s mental health. We’re anxious and angry from our time spent on social platforms, we’re overwhelmed by our email inboxes, and the depressingly common…

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Microsoft accounts no longer need a password

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Microsoft says everyone can remove the password from their Microsoft account and use other methods to sign in starting today. The company rolled out the option to enterprise users earlier this year.

Rather than having to remember a password or using a password manager, you’ll be able to use the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key or SMS or emailed codes. You’ll be able to sign in to services such as Outlook, OneDrive, Microsoft Family Safety, and even Xbox Series X/S without a password. Microsoft is rolling out the option to everyone over the next few weeks as it gears up for the launch of Windows 11 on October 5th

Once you have installed the Authenticator app and linked it to your account, you can switch off your password. Go to your Microsoft account settings, then Advanced Security Options and Additional Security. From there, you can switch your account to a passwordless one. Then, follow the prompts and approve a notification on the Authenticator app to seal the deal.

You can re-activate your password at any time, but other login methods may be far more convenient and secure. Not only are passwords a cybersecurity minefield, they’re time-consuming to enter and, at best, annoying to deal with.

It’d be welcome to see other services ditch passwords if they can offer users alternative, secure methods of logging in. Until then, turn on two-factor authentication wherever possible, and get a password manager and use unique passwords for all of your accounts.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-account-password-authenticator-130021174.html?src=rss
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Anonymous Claims to Have Stolen Huge Trove of Data From Epik, the Right-Wing’s Favorite Web Host

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Members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous claim to have hacked web registration company Epik, allegedly stealing “a decade’s worth of data,” including reams of information about its clients and their domains.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/anonymous-claims-to-have-stolen-huge-trove-of-data-from-1847673935
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Is Your Ethernet Cable Faulty? Signs to Watch Out For

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Cables are a necessary evil and a source of many computer and network-related problems. While you can’t ditch cables entirely, some cables may need to be replaced more often than others, including Ethernet cables used for networking.

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